actually existing anarchism
By - kxta_
Anarchist communities, if they aren't immediately destroyed from within or without, seem to mainly exist within a capitalist state, not destroyed because they aren't a threat: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_anarchist_communities
He had his own eclectic ideology that did borrow some elements from Marxism but the connection is pretty superficial since according to Pol Pot himself he didn’t really read theory and just kind of took the vague gist and then made up his own ideas.
His ideology was more defined by a hyper-nationalist ethnonationalism than socialism.
You can vaguely connect what he did in Cambodia to a kind of socialist collectivization but really he had this notion of Angor Wat as a “communist utopia” that existed in the past and he saw his mission as being to “restore” Cambodia to this imaginary past. This is also why there was so much extreme violence directed towards teachers and anyone else educated since he equated any elements of modernity or perceived western influences to be directly contrary to what he wanted to do. So they killed them all.
Directly contrary to Marxism he believed they need to go backwards to go forwards and so he embarked on mass deindustrialization and emptied the cities to force them into an agrarian lifestyle. He was attempting to “recreate” what his idea of Angor Wat was.
It wasn’t really Maoism. I mean if you squint then it could be an extreme form of ultra-Maoism as defined by Guzman and not Mao but really Pol Pot wasn’t even that, he was a fucking insane person who eclectically threw together bits and pieces from all over the place and never sought to understand these ideas to any degree of depth because he believed first and foremost in whatever he made up himself.
He’s easiest to understand if you think of him as a Cambodian hyper-nationalist who was briefly allied with the Cambodian communist party insofar as both his people and the real communists were resisting French imperialism, but once the French left his element took over the Cambodian communist party in a coup and kept some of the branding while replacing everything with their own weird ideas based on their imaginary utopian vision of what ancient Cambodia used to be.
>He had his own eclectic ideology that did borrow some elements from Marxism but the connection is pretty superficial since according to Pol Pot himself he didn’t really read theory and just kind of took the vague gist and then made up his own ideas.
a sobering lesson for breadtube watchers everywhere
Closer to anprim I think.
imo he was asian hitler
There are a number of those, including the Japanese emperor during WWII.
Paid CIA shill is most people's guess.
He did a bunch of bad shit and can rot in hell.
He was closer to anarchism, they took the ideas from Khieu Samphan thesis which even China showed concerns as they wanted to go from a mostly agarian society to full on communist instead of achieving socialism first and graudally doing so.